Some Simple Language About the Financial Crisis

Last Updated Oct 5, 2008 3:19 PM EDT

As I said a few posts ago, I've been surprised that the powers-that-be haven't tried harder to explain the financial mess to the country in terms we could all understand. Maybe they didn't want to -- maybe that was the strategy all along. But even if it was, it was a mistake. We would all be better off in the long run if there were greater understanding of how we got into this mess.

The good people at This American Life have stepped in to attempt to fill the void. This weekend, they did a great show called "Another Frightening Show About the Economy." It was a follow-up to their acclaimed show from the spring called, "The Giant Pool of Money," which was the basis of an entire column recently on the front-page of the New York Times Business Section.
You can listen to both shows for free on the This American Life web site, or you can download them for less than a buck.

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I'm a fan of plain and simple language. These shows do the best job I've seen so far explaining what's going on in plain and simple language -- a lesson for all communicators.

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